Hagio Moto employs a complex set of expressive layering and feathery artwork in her 1984 shojo manga “Angel Mimic.”Read more "Interiority Through Layering"
Lady Murasaki depicts a world in which the creation of and appreciation of incense reveals essential aspects of character in her centuries-old tale, Genji Monogatari.Read more "Beneath a Veil of Perfumed Smoke"
From freshly scorched earth arose an important literary ethos which sought to produce existential works of psychological significance. Post-war author Abe Kōbō encapsulates the downtrodden consciousness of the Japanese people in his abstract short story “Akai Mayu” (1950).Read more "The evolution of post wwii literature in Japan"
Authors Sōseki Natsume and Tanizaki Jun’ichirō struggle to accept the fate of Japan’s waning culture in the face of rapid modernization in their vibrant essays In Praise of Shadows, “The Civilization of Modern-Day Jan, and “My Individualism.”Read more "from Shadows of the Past to a Future of Individualism"
Haunting atmosphere, stunning visuals, deadly beauty. Shindō Kaneto’s visually stunning films Kuroneko (1968) and Irezumi (1966) reveal that the human psyche is powerless against life’s horror, and that only through experiencing great injustice can the confines of reality give way to reveal one’s true inner self.Read more "The Femme Fatales of Shindō Kaneto"
Mori Ōgai’s short story “Maihime” explores a sense of a divided self which hangs in delicate balance between Western freedoms of individuality and the Japanese ideal of national reciprocal unity.Read more "Meiji Literature & The Search for Identity"
Matsuo Basho’s poetic aesthetics were derived from the belief that the artist should focus his creative spirit on the existential truth of art. This energy would cultivate a transcendent awareness of nature and the state of being, and the poet’s heightened sense of natural phenomenon could then achieve great depth of meaning in his haikai. […]Read more "Poetic Parallels"